Wedding Photography for Beginners - Part 4

November 4, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques | 15 Comments | |
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Making the most of the wedding!

The birth of digital photography liberated us in many ways and has given all so much scope to shoot shoot shoot and shoot some more.  

The danger for the bride, groom and photographer, is an overwhelming set of images that might over-face the most enthusiastic of clients.

Firstly consider the customer, present a varied range of images which might hit the three hundreds depending upon the type of wedding - but many more I feel might be a little unfair for everyone!

Heart breaking for the photographer, as rejection is not great for anyone certainly hard for us creative photographers who place their heart and soul into photography.

And secondly for the client as they may be in danger of feeling they have just lost a great deal of their wedding day. This is just a personal viewpoint, but one worth taking on board.

Wedding Photography for Beginners - Part 4

The methods used to present images has been such a great debate, as we are all searching for the most effective, and efficient method that not only works for the client, but importantly works for the business too. As a rule, we prefer the slide presentation utilising Microsoft expression media which is simple, easy to use and very adaptable. Find a system that suits you then refine what you do, as the focus must always be on the client and not on the technology you are using.

My motivation when creating the perfect environment is for the bride and groom and secondly the business and the business’ reputation. Building a great experience for the client will give them a talking point - this is the final stage of their experience with your business, so it’s a vital stage. Reliving the wedding day, together with your guidance on the photos, can be totally rewarding and emotional for both you and the client.

Set the scene for couple by creating the total experience - take a bottle of champagne with you - they will naturally appreciate your attention and the fact that you are extending the wedding celebration as seeing the images for the first time is a big moment for the client.

Wedding Photography for Beginners - Part 4

For over a decade now we have preferred to do the wedding viewings within the client’s home. A question we are frequently asked during training seminars is should both sets of the parents be present at the viewing. Our advice wherever possible is try to avoid this, as the viewing than can become complicated, as both sets of parents might have differing budgets, the parents might talk the couple out of images that they do not see the value of. However, it may be worth investing the time to do three viewings, as that maximises your chances of gaining three orders, and the right level of order for each customer. Then no one feels difficult within the situation!

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#1 Bill

I suppose that photo of the young bride putting on her earrings is supposed to be good?  Artistic?  Apparently, I’m no artist.  The bride just looks like she’s been shoved into the corner.  The photographer is far too intent on positioning her face in the 3rd’s crosshairs.  If these were my wedding photos, I’d be pissed.

Sorry, but 2/3rd’s of a frame of nothing isn’t appealing to me.

5:31 pm - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

#2 Tony Dimartes

Hi Bill - you’re an idiot.



6:26 pm - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

#3 Sean Fraser


I found this to be really interesting, especially the presentation.  I’m only a sole trader with very little presentational kit options.  I don’t even have a projector!

However, saying that I completely agree with the point about putting the customer first - I baked a cake from scratch for my last wedding couple; a special touch as they’d baked their own wedding cake too.

I appreciate that not everyone likes the same style but I really do like the bride at the top of the page; it’s also the kind of contemporary shot that brides are looking for.

9:07 pm - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

#4 Bridal Betty

I would say that the most important thing would be to communicate with the couple who are getting married and make sure you know exactly what they want in their photographs and try to give it to them.

1:04 pm - Thursday, November 5, 2009

#5 Richard

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1:06 pm - Thursday, November 5, 2009

#6 miami wedding photographer

this is really funny!

1:22 pm - Thursday, November 5, 2009

#7 Bill

“Tony Dimartes

Hi Bill - you’re an idiot.
Tony. “

Perhaps.  Thanks for the free medical opinion. 

It’s still a matter of knowing what I like, and I think that picture is weak.  Perhaps if the model were moved a little further left.  Maybe at the 40% mark instead of 33%.

I do see what the photographer was trying to do - model gazing off into the distance (empty area of the photo), perhaps contemplating her new life.  I just don’t really like the composition.  So if that makes me an idiot, then I’m an idiot.  I can live with that.

2:19 pm - Thursday, November 5, 2009

#8 r4 card

The photographer is far too intent on positioning her face in the 3rd’s crosshairs.  If these were my wedding photos, I’d be pissed.

6:25 am - Saturday, November 7, 2009

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8:44 am - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

#10 photos de mariage originales

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7:04 am - Thursday, July 8, 2010

#11 Jay Rowden - Photographer

Hi Tony
I really like what you’re doing here.
It’s really nice for someone to actually give something back for once, instead of the usual take/take/take.

Thank you so much for sharing.

I would like to give back more too!

And for what it’s worth, anything related to the arts is wholly arbitrary and extremely subjective. So when one person says, “I don’t like the composition”, there will be always be someone else who’ll stand up and say “I really the composition”. Okay so there’s the rule of thirds etc but in the end, the creative arts is a wholly subjective process and if you think it’s great, the client thinks its great, then who cares what anyone thinks. Does that make sense?

Keep up the good work. You’re a great guy for your altruism.

Jay Rowden

9:07 pm - Sunday, September 19, 2010

#12 Santa Barbara Wedding

Hi I really like your post..Nice pic..I am fond of photography and always search for the pics related to wedding..Can I see more of your pics?

8:49 am - Saturday, October 30, 2010

#13 Berkshire Wedding Photography

Bill is being a bit harsh here.  The photo is OK, but the issue is with the vignetting.  Such heavy vignetting on a plain background is a little off-putting to me.

Still a very good piece.  Keep up the good work


7:26 pm - Monday, January 3, 2011

#14 Greyeye Wedding Photography Yorkshire

Some good pointers here, wish I had things like this when I first started out.

4:54 pm - Friday, February 18, 2011

#15 Wedding Photographer in Kent

Made it all the way to the end!
Thanks - great article and some useful tips for a new wedding photographer

8:25 pm - Wednesday, April 6, 2011